Whereas Common Motors has been within the information quite a bit for not-so-great issues, relating to EVs. It’s not letting the Bolt EV/EUV recall get them out of the EV area. It has introduced that with the “Ultifi” platform, it is going to be capable of push out OTA’s to its EVs sooner or later.
Ultifi is a play on the name of “Ultium” which is the brand new battery structure that GM is utilizing for its future EV fashions. It’s going to permit for OTA updates, in automobile subscription companies, and “new alternatives to extend buyer loyalty”.
GM is pondering of getting Ultifi powering all the things within the automobile, from climate apps to some controversial options like in-car cameras for facial recognition and even the power to detect youngsters and routinely set off the kid locks. It’s going to additionally permit third-party builders to create apps and different options for GM prospects.
Ultifi will run with Android Automotive
GM says that Ultifi can be out there on GM automobiles starting in 2023. And this gained’t be unique to EVs. Gasoline-powered vehicles will even get Ultifi, however by 2025, GM plans to be all-in with EVs anyhow.
By 2023, it should even have numerous automobiles operating on Android Automotive. GM says that it’ll work “alongside” the brand new Ultifi platform in some automobiles. Not each GM car will get Android Automotive surprisingly. However we do know that the brand new Hummer EVs will run on it.
GM claims that Ultifi can be an umbrella of software program within the automobile, whereas Android Automotive is only for a subset of options within the automobile.
OTAs is a giant deal for EVs and GM isn’t the one one that’s planning to do that. At the moment, to replace your Bolt EV, it is advisable take it into the supplier and have them carry out the replace. Even when it’s a small replace. However that additionally implies that most updates don’t get utilized immediately. Ford is doing OTAs with the Mustang Mach-E, and is definitely testing one that can improve the charging pace proper now. Which might be enormous for the Mach-E. Tesla additionally does OTAs already for its automobiles, and does it fairly simply.